Wakefield agree deal for former Crusader Mellars


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Vince Mellars has become the latest Crusader to find a new home for next season.

The New Zealand-born wing or centre has agreed a three-year contract with Wakefield following the collapse of the Welsh Super League club.

He joins a mass exodus from Wrexham, which also includes Mark Bryant and Michael Witt linking up with Harlequins, Hep Cahill, Lloyd White and Frank Winterstein moving to Widnes and Jarrod Sammut and Jason Chan joining Bradford and Huddersfield respectively.

The League has given Crusaders' overseas players exemption from the import quota to help them find new clubs.

Meanwhile, the Crusaders coach, Iestyn Harris, is set to be unveiled as assistant to Shaun Wane when Wigan finally reveal how they will compensate for the departure of Michael Maguire.

Hull's Richard Agar and Karl Harrison of Batley have both denied any interest in the coaching job at Wakefield. "There is absolutely no question of me leaving or of my role changing," said Agar of reports that the new Hull owner, Adam Pearson, had asked him to move into a position as director of coaching. Pearson was equally adamant. "The only discussions I have had with Richard have been over the playing squad for next season," he said.